April 2018

Diane recently began making a website about all the Fire Sculptures Phil made from 1986 - 2012, with
help from many others. She will gradually add more pages to the website. It will detail some fires, and
credit those that helped. However as we grow older its hard to remember everyone over such a long
period. So if you ever worked on a fire sculpture with Phil - get in touch on gorvinbews@zoho.com and
tell us what year, and which fire it was, and we will give you a name check on the website.
www.firesculptures.co.uk

This image is of the Free fire sculpture at Taurus Crafts in 2007

June 2018

We met up with Rick and Sally - Jackson Fawkes Glass to collect Diane's Salmon glass relief - one of the
elements for Settlement Sculptures.

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January 2018

Settlement Sculptures

The Oak Horse for Banbury - the main structure finished.

        

 

 

  

 

     


  

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February 2018

The Horse's head unbolted and the stainless steel fixings inserted into the feet with bolts and resin, prior

to the removal of the scaffolding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

          

 

   

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February 2018

Shell Seat Sculptures for Flaghead Chine, Poole

Three Shell Maquettes made by Phil in direct plaster for the Albion Stone Masons to work from. Phil
usually carves the stone for our commissions but due to having plenty of work still to do for Settlement
sculptures for Banbury - these were made on Portland. Phil supervised and carved some final details.

 

 

 

 

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March 2018

Trip to Poole to take the Shell maquettes, firstly to the clients - Environmental Services, Borough of Poole,
to discuss and work out the layout for the sculptures, using the site model by Barbara Uphoff -
Landscape Designer, with assistance from Reuben Hawkwood - Project Manager.

We then travelled to Portland to Albion Stone Quarry to discuss the next stage of making the shells and
left the maquettes with them, to make drawn templates from, in the mould cutting room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 2018

Spirit of the Forest

Coleford Town Council confirmed the go-ahead for P.J. Engineering to make a pattern from the Stag
maquette, and to then fabricate a stainless steel maquette to fine-tune the design and aid costing of the
full sized sculpture.


 

 

 

 

 

 

        

        

 

 

May 2018

Our Fire Sculptures book is now up on Blurb - where you can view the book online - look out for Blurb
discount codes.

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April 2018

Paul Wigley assisted Phil for a few days on the final details of the Horse - one of four sculptures for
Settlement for Hanwell View, Banbury.

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May 2018

Our Shoe Sculptures website has a new domain name and can now be found on
www.shoesculptures.co.uk


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May 2018

Trip to Albion Stone Quarry Ltd on Portland to view progress of the Shell Seat Sculptures.

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May 2018

The Horse sculpture for Banbury is now installed in the public open space at Hanwell View Banbury.
Damon Bramley transported the Horse and assisted Phil with the installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reuben Hawkwood and Barbara Uphoff with Phil, after the installation of the Shells was completed.
Photo credit: This image was taken on Barbara's camera.

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July 2018

Rebecca Thomson-Weissbort kindly invited us to display our sculptures at her open studio event, as a
part of FARopen. Rebecca exhibited her paintings along with textiles by Annie Tyhurst. Info here
http://www.faropen.co.uk/rebecca-thomson-weissbort.html

We showed two works, Phil's Sequoia Bird made from Oak and Sequoia (with hidden bird box) and
Diane's bronze mask Regard.

 

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Photo credit: Jackson Fawkes


June 2018

Phil sited the Shell Seat Sculptures at Flaghead Chine, Poole, with the assistance of two workers from
the Borough of Poole Direct Works Team and Brian Oldridge who transported the sculptures from
Albion Stone Quarry, where they were made. Phil designed the work, provided drawings and maquettes
of the shells, and spent a week in June on Portland carving the fine detail. Commissioned by Barbara
Uphoff, who designed the landscaping, and Project Manager Reuben Hawkwood,
Environmental Services, Borough of Poole
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July 2018

The Seaside Garden opening at Flaghead Chine, with Phil's Shells, photos taken after the event except
for one showing our sister-in law Vera seated on a shell.
More information here

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August 2018

A sculpture based on the cat from Dr Salter's Daydream, but to be altered in the wax - to be more like our three legged grey rescue cat from Spain, has been commissioned for Tewkesbury's Alley Cat Project. To be sited next to the Avon River in Tewkesbury. Photoshop image of how it will look.



July 2018

Phil repaired the Green Man's foot with a new carved oak branch, stainless steel fixings and extra copper
leaves. The new oak repair will gradually weather to match the exisiting oak sculpture. Phil first made
and installed the Green Man in 1992, the sculpture is sited in the courtyard garden leading to the
Heritage Centre, Knutsford. The centre is run by volunteers who fundraised locally to pay for the repair.


© Diane Gorvin and Philip Bews 2018
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October 2018

Work on the wax of Czar The Sculptors' cat nearly completed, it will shortly be taken to Castle Fine Arts Foundry to be cast in bronze.

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October 2018

Work in progress by Paul and Ben at PJ Engineering Coleford, of the larger stainless steel maquette of The Spirit of the Forest. The pattern made from making this version, will enable it to be scaled up to full size next year - to be sited in Coleford.

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October 2018

Phil has found a source of oak wood for the Cruck Arches for Settlement. In the studio he has been working on the smaller oak carved elements. Still a work in progress, this photos shows the cat on the post - part of the seating for Arch 1 and also the beginng of the roughing out of the medieval woman's head, Diane will be making the bronze face of the woman - to fit the oak head.

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Just received notification that Diane's photo of shadows in our home has been selected for the
Loosen Art, Shadows exhibition in Rome 14th - 22nd January 2019.
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